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No matter how well-informed parents are, some will not be ready to accept their child needs glasses. The transition to becoming the kid with the glasses is a smoother process if the child is involved in an eye education and if he or she speaks with doctors and parents, but it is rarely an easy process.
Here are some tips that may keep your child's eyes safe and reduce the chances of glass breakage:
- If your child is active and involved in sports activities, it may be wise to go for polycarbonate or plastic scratchproof lenses. They are less susceptible to breakage.
- If your child starts with a higher power (a higher negative value), his or her lenses will most likely be thicker, causing them to feel uncomfortable and often slide down the nose. In such case, plastic or polycarbonate lenses are also recommended because they are lighter by nature. (Source: EyeMDNY.com, Article Title: Eye Glasses For Infants And Children; Author: Dr. H. Jay Wisnicki, F.A.A.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P., F.N.Y.A.M.;URL: http://www.eyemdny.com/specialties/eyeglasses.html)
- It may be better for your child to use an elastic band that holds the glasses in place when he/she plays sports involving jumping, diving, ducking or physical contact.
- It would be good to inform the child that when he or she is not wearing glasses, the glasses should be folded at the hinges of the temple and placed back in the case.
- It may also be a good idea to inform the child that allowing the lenses to touch rough surfaces can scratch them, even if the lenses are "scratch-proof".
- If the lenses appear smudgy, the child may wash them with tap water and mild liquid soaps, and they can wipe them clean with the soft cloth provided in the case. They should be advised not to use ends of their own clothes or tissue paper to do the drying.
- It may be wise to tell the child to clean his or her lenses with the lens cleaning spray (provided by the optician) at the end of the day to cleanse them of oil smears or grime.